Softball Readies for Six Games at Cathedral City Classic
Feb. 17, 2009
LOOKING AHEAD -- The Oregon State softball team (5-4) returns to Cathedral City, Calif., for the Cathedral City Classic. The four-day tournament begins on Thursday with the Beavers facing the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (5-4) at 3:30 p.m. before the Kansas Jayhawks (4-5) at 6:00 p.m. The Beavers play a single game on Friday against the No. 12 Northwestern Wildcats (6-3) at 10:00 a.m. On Saturday, Oregon State faces the No. 20 North Carolina Tar Heels (8-2) at 12:30 p.m. and the No. 9 Tennessee Lady Volunteers (9-1) at 3:00 p.m. The Beavers wrap up the tournament against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-2) on Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
TRACKING THE BEAVS -- Full results from this week's games can be found through the newly redesigned www.osubeavers.com. Live stats are available for all of the games through GameTracker. GameTracker can be found by accessing the 2009 Oregon State softball schedule. For full results from all games of the 2009 Cathedral City Classic, visit www.osubeavers.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/cathedral-classic.html.
GAME 10: tennessee tech (5-4) -- Thursday, Feb. 19 (3:30 p.m.): Oregon State and Tennessee Tech meet for the first time ever on Thursday.
Tennessee Tech finished third last weekend at the Kennesaw State Tournament, defeating the host team in back-to-back games to wrap up play. Sophomores Callie Schmidt and Katie Betry and freshman Holly Thomas earned All-Tournament honors on the 13-player list. Thomas currently leads the Golden Eagles offense, hitting .391. She is 9-for-23 with six runs, one double and three home runs. She has batted in nine and walked eight times. In the circle, sophomore Maddie Schmissrauter posts the most wins with a 3-2 record, including the team's only complete game shutout. Schmissrauter has pitched 29.2 innings, throwing 35 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .290 batting average. Head coach Tory Acheson is in his 11th season.
GAME 11: kansas (4-5) -- Thursday, Feb. 19 (6:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 5-0 all-time against Kansas, last meeting on Feb. 10, 2007.
Kansas is coming off of a 2-3 finish at the UCF Invite, hosted by the University of Central Florida. The team defeated Bowling Green and Western Carolina but fell to South Carolina, Bradley and Tennessee. Senior third baseman Val Chapple leads the Jayhawk offense with a .346 average. She has nine hits on the season, two of those doubles, and has scored three runs, batting in three others. Senior pitcher Val George posts a 3-3 record in the circle, throwing one complete game shutout. George has pitched 32.1 innings, throwing 36 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .227 batting average. Head coach Tracy Bunge is in her 12th season.
GAME 12: no. 12 northwestern (6-3) -- Friday, Feb. 20 (10:00 a.m.): Oregon State is 8-8 all-time against Northwestern. The Wildcats have won the last two with the last meeting being Feb. 23, 2007.
Northwestern went 4-1 last weekend at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, hosted by UNLV. The Wildcats defeated Hawai'i, Oregon, Southern Utah and Cal State Fullerton but fell to No. 4 UCLA in a 16-10 decision. All-American senior infielder Tammy Williams leads the team's offense with a .467 batting average, going 14-for-30, including three doubles and two home runs, with 11 runs. In the circle, returning Big Ten Pitcher of the Year junior Lauren Delaney posts a 5-3 record. Delaney has thrown 51.2 innings with 63 strikeouts and holds opponents to a .166 batting average. Kate Drohan is in her eighth season as head coach of the Wildcats.
GAME 13: no. 20 north carolina (8-2) -- Saturday, Feb. 21 (12:30 p.m.): Oregon State and North Carolina meet for the first time on Saturday.
North Carolina is riding a seven-game winning streak going into this weekend's tournament after winning the Carolina Classic last weekend, defeating Wichita State, George Washington, No. 9 California and Penn State. Junior shortstop Christine Knauer paces the Tar Heel offense with a .364 batting average, starting and playing in eight of the 10 games this season. She has eight hits, including one triple, and a team-high seven runs, stealing eight bases successfully on eight attempts. Returning All-American pitcher junior Danielle Spaulding posts a perfect 0.00 ERA, throwing 31.0 innings with a 4-0 record. Spaulding has thrown three shutouts and 67 strikeouts. Donna J. Papa is in her 23rd season as head coach of the Tar Heels.
GAME 14: no. 9 tennessee (9-1) -- Saturday, Feb. 21 (3:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 4-3 all-time against Tennessee. The Lady Vols have won the last two with the last meeting being Feb. 10, 2008.
Tennessee is currently on a seven-game winning streak, winning all five games of the UCF Early Bird Tournament last weekend. The team's only loss was to No. 15 Washington during opening weekend in a close 2-1 decision. Sophomore outfielder Kelly Grieve leads the Lady Vols offense with a .500 average, going 18-for-36 with a team-high 15 runs. Grieve has a pair of doubles, a triple, three RBI and is a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen bases. In the circle, freshman Cat Hosfield is 6-1 overall with a 1.12 ERA. She boasts two complete game shutouts and three combined. Hosfield has thrown 43.2 innings with 33 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .161 batting average. Ralph and Karen Weekly are in their eighth season as co-head coaches at Tennessee.
GAME 15: georgia tech (6-2) -- Sunday, Feb. 22 (9:00 a.m.): Oregon State is 1-0 all-time against Georgia Tech. The Beavers defeated the Yellow Jackets on Mar. 8, 2003.
Georgia Tech went 3-1 last weekend at the Lipton Invitational, hosted by Florida. The Yellow Jackets fell only to the No. 2 host team, 11-1. Sophomore Christy Jones is hitting .565 for the team, going 13-for-23 with six runs. She has stolen 10 bases on 11 attempts and posts a .615 on base percentage. Sophomore pitcher Kristen Adkins boasts a perfect 4-0 record in the circle with a 0.91 ERA. On 23.0 innings pitched, she has thrown 13 strikeouts and has tallied a save. Head coach Sharon Perkins is in her third season.
looking back at last weekend -- Oregon State went 3-2 at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, hosted by UNLV. Oregon State defeated Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis and Southern Utah, but fell to No. 16 DePaul and Utah.
Four batters went perfect in the 9-1 five inning victory over Southern Utah, while at least one batter recorded a multi-hit game in four of the five games.
Senior Paige Lowe led all hitters with a .462 batting average, going 6-for-13 with five runs, a double and a home run. She led the team defensively with perfect fielding with 14 putouts and 11 assists.
Junior Tarah Black started two games at first base, playing in three, posting a .667 batting average, going 4-for-6 with a double and three RBI.
And sophomore Audrey Roderfeld went 6-for-14 with a .429 average, hitting a double, triple and home run and three runs, while scoring three runners.
season openers -- Oregon State is 10-13 in its season opener since 1987. Under head coach Kirk Walker, the Beavers are 7-8. The last time Oregon State won its season opener was in 2005 at UC Santa Barbara.
POINTS IN THE POLL -- Oregon State received seven votes in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll, released on February 17. The votes rank the Beavers 31st. In the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, released February 17, the Beavers received five votes, tied for 31st.
tough competition -- The Oregon State softball team will continue with its tradition of a tough schedule. In 2009, the Beavers will face 18 teams from the 2008 NCAA Tournament (three of those being College World Series teams), 13 from the NFCA Preseason Top 25 with four of those being in the top 10. Oregon State will face three more that received votes in the poll.
PAC-10 PREVIEW -- Oregon State is predicted to finish tied for seventh this season with 10 votes in the Pac-10 Coaches Preseason Poll. UCLA was voted tow in the conference with three first place votes and 43 total points. Arizona State was second with 41 points and two first place votes, and Washington is predicted to finish third with two first place votes and 36 total. Arizona, Stanford and California follow, and Oregon was the other team to receive 10 votes.
TICKET INFORMATION -- Tickets are available for home softball games by walk-up purchase only at the OSU Softball Complex. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and children. Admission is free for Oregon State students with valid ID card.
2008 RECAP -- The 2008 softball season was one full of expectations and record setting performances by the Beavers, led by senior utility player and two-time All-American, Cambria Miranda. Miranda earned her fourth All-Pac-10 nod with second team honors to lead four others on the All-Pac-10 teams. Junior Paige Lowe, who also was the lone Beaver to receive All-Pacific Region honors, sophomores Dani Chisholm and Kelly Dyer and freshman Erin Guzy all earned honorable mention. Guzy added Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team honors with Audrey Roderfeld joining her. Freshman McKenna Lowe earned All-Freshman Honorable Mention. Roderfeld was the lone Oregon State player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for Mar. 11-17. The 2008 season held highlights of nearly defeating the No. 1 team in the country, Arizona State, at home in a 12-inning thriller, taking the series from No. 23 Washington and Oregon and upsetting No. 3 UCLA in the final weekend of the season, but the team came up just short of its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance with a 28-31 record.
OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX -- The Oregon State softball complex opened in April of 2001. The $1.5 million dollar complex features 750 bleacher backed seats, a concession and restroom facility, as well as one of the top playing surfaces in the nation. The sunken dugouts each contain a restroom for players as well as large storage areas. The press box facility, one of the best in the Pac-10, allows ample seating for six scorers in the main booth with two smaller television/radio booths located on both sides. A state-of-the-art sound and public address system are housed in the press box. Oregon State has hosted seven fall tournaments since the OSU Softball Complex opened in 2001. The facility was home of the 2006 NCAA Regional and Super Regional Tournaments - with Oregon State winning both, and earning its first ever trip to the NCAA Women's College World Series. Additional bleacher seating was added for the NCAA postseason games and a plan is in the works to add lights to the facility.
what's next for the beavers -- The Beavers return to Southern California for the CSUF DeMarini Invitational, hosted by Cal State Fullerton. Oregon State will face UC Riverside and Cal Poly on Friday, Indiana and No. 17 Nevada on Saturday and Minnesota on Sunday.